At Dental Studio of Jersey City, we treat all our new and existing patients the same! It is not enough to only have a thorough exam at your first office visit. As long as you continue coming, we will always provide a complete and thorough exam at each of your re-care appointments.
Oral Cancer Screening
More than 8,000 deaths were attributed to oral cancer in the past year. When caught early, oral cancer can be treated more easily. If you are a tobacco, smokeless tobacco user, and/or regular alcohol drinker, you are at a higher risk of developing oral cancer. The screening will consist of a visual inspection of the oral cavity, as well as palpation of the jaw and neck areas. In between visits, it is important you are aware of any suspicious lesions and contact our office if they do not disappear after two weeks. Similar to unplanned developments of cavities and infections, we cannot always see everything but we do everything in our hands to provide the most thorough examination.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. Dr. Chung will examine your gum tissues to ensure that gum disease is detected in its early stages when possible. The examination is a way to assess your periodontal health by examining your teeth, plaque, gums, bite, bone structure, and risk factors. Evaluation of these six areas will determine the state of your periodontal health. Because bone loss is a significant consideration in determining the outcome of cosmetic treatment, we take the health of your gum and bone tissues very seriously. Research has also shown the strong association between periodontal disease and chronic inflammatory conditions (ex. cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes). It is therefore imperative to treat the inflammation/periodontal disease as soon as possible to ensure you keep your body healthy!
The forces from your bite can sometimes cause chipping and fracturing of teeth depending on the location and angulation of your teeth. Unfortunately, teeth shift as you age. Through the use of clear aligners, such as Invisalign, Dr. Chung can help you achieve straight teeth and proper occlusion. This can prevent extensive treatment like fillings, crowns, and gum surgeries in the future.
Caries (Cavity) Exam
During the visual and radiographical examination, areas of decay on chewing surfaces and between the teeth are located.
An evaluation of all your exams will allow Dr. Chung to provide a comprehensive treatment plan (with options when possible) for you to contribute and choose what would work best for you!